2017 eKartingNews.com Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – July 31

French remains top driver in Stock Honda standings with Musgrave and Pickett the lead contenders

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The numbers at the top of the eKartingNews.com Stock Honda Driver Rankings powered by Bell Racing USA are not as we have seen over the last few months. Part of that reason is the rescheduling of the Superkarts! USA Pro Tour SummerNationals. The event was typically held in the month of July, and moved to August for 2017. This has shaken up the standings as we close out the month, with the removal of the results from the 2016 SKUSA SummerNationals. This puts more of an emphasis on regional events for the top drivers in the nation to fill out the seven events to use for the EKN Driver Rankings.

For Jake French, his 12-month performances keep him in the #1 slot as we enter the SKUSA SummerNationals next week. The Dallas Karting Complex / Sodi Kart driver saw his total drop down nearly 200 points with the loss of last year’s SummerNats results, however, it increased his lead to 57 points. Now sitting second is former SummerNationals winner Billy Musgrave (MRC / Aluminos). The three-time California ProKart Challenge champion lost fewer points than French, and jumped up to second with AJ Myers losing both his SummerNationals victories last year from his total, dropping down to 30th in the order. Myers (TB Kart USA) now only has the five SKUSA Pro Tour events counting in his total, and is scheduled to race in the X30 Senior category at the SummerNationals, electing to not defend his double victory from a year ago in the S1 Pro division.

Jumping up to third is SKUSA WinterNationals winner Hunter Pickett (Aluminos). The S1 rookie has not been as consistent as he would like, however, the victory at NOLA and podium at the SpringNationals has helped to elevate him onto the EKN Driver Rankings podium for July. Still holding in fourth is Austin Wilkins (DKC / Sodi Kart), the 2016 S2 Pro Tour champion. Wilkins continues to improve and is on the verge of gaining the first S1 podium finish. Up to fifth is current S2 Pro Tour championship leader Riley Dickinson, putting three drivers from the DKC / Sodi Kart stable inside the top-five. Dickinson has two victories on the year, and leads the title chase heading into New Castle next weekend.

Winning helps move you up the standings, and the victory at the California ProKart Challenge has promoted Matias Podboj into the top-10. Podboj (Mad Croc) advanced up to sixth with his victory at the Santa Maria event after placing just outside the top-10 last month. Hunter Kelly (Italcorse) is up two positions to the seventh spot, placing on the podium at the fourth round of the California PKC. Remaining in the eight position is SKUSA Pro Tour S2 winner Kyle Wick. The Rolison Performance Group / S2 driver continues to improve his race craft, suffering some bad mechanical luck at the recent California PKC events. Wick trails Dickinson in the S2 title chase entering the SummerNationals.

Back into the top-10 is veteran Ron White. From the late 90s to today, White (RWR / CRG) is still among the most talented drivers to pilot a six-speed shifterkart. Adding a seventh event to his total helped to push the NorCal native back into the EKN Driver Rankings mix. Rounding out the top-10 is the third S2 driver – Jason Pettit. The Aluminos driver is among those competing for the S2 title at the California ProKart Challenge in what is among the series’ tightest championship battles. Dropping out of the top-10 includes Myers along with Sabre Cook (Energy USA), Kolton Griffin (Pure / Tony Kart) and Skyler Finley (DKC / Sodi Kart).

Upcoming EKN Stock Honda Driver Rankings Schedule
8/12,Sanzaru Games Karting Championship #6,Pro Stock Honda,Simraceway Performance Karting Center,”Sonoma, CA”,8
8/12,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S1,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9.5
8/12,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S2,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9
8/13,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S1,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9.5
8/13,SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals,S2,New Castle Motorsports Park,”New Castle, IN”,9
8/19,Gearup Challenge F-Series #5,Stock Honda,F1 Boston,”East Bridgewater, MA”,8
8/19,Los Angeles Karting Championship #7,S1/S2,CalSpeed Karting Center,”Fontana, CA”,8
8/19,Northwest Gold Cup #9,Super Stock CR125,Sumas International Motorsports Academy,”Sumas, WA”,8
8/19,Utah State Championships #8,Spec 125,Utah Motorsports Campus,”Tooele, UT”,8
8/20,Colorado Sprint Championship #3,Senior Shifter,Grand Junction Motor Speedway,”Grand Junction, CO”,8
8/20,Northwest Gold Cup #10,Super Stock CR125,Sumas International Motorsports Academy,”Sumas, WA”,8

Stock Moto #1 – Jake French
Sachse, Texas

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Jake French survived the disorder of the SummerNationals 2016 removal, remaining in the #1 slot. Podium finishes have not eluded the Texan racing out of the Dallas Karting Complex / Sodi Kart operation. Clear focus and determination has been the mindset for French in his bid to end the 2017 as the top shifterkart driver in North America. French is scheduled to take his talents over to France, joining the Sodi Kart factory team to take part in the 24 Heures Karting at the Le Mans International Karting circuit alongside the famed French road race course at the end of September. But first, the task at hand with the SummerNationals and the Pro Tour title chase.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
Califorina ProKart Challenge ’16 #6 – S1,9,4,949
US Open 2016 #3,8.5,1,913
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S1,10,3,1142
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,1,1084
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,3,1063
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,2,1073
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 2.27
Average Points: 1042.4
Total Points: 7297


Stock Moto #2 – Billy Musgrave
Norco, California

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The top challenger in the SKUSA Pro Tour and EKN Driver Rankings is California driver Billy Musgrave. The MRC / Aluminos driver has put himself in contention for both honors along with earning the California ProKart Challenge title in the same season. Musgrave got off to a up and down start to the 2017 Pro Tour, however, he is the most recent winner with his victory at Sonoma. Musgrave is 3 for 4 at the California ProKart Challenge program and heads to the site of his first SKUSA Pro Tour victory in 2015 – New Castle Motorsports Park.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S1,10,7,1095
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,2,1073
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,9,997
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,5,1041
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1084
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #3 – S1,8.5,1,965
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #4 – S1,8.5,2,965
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.86
Average Points: 1031.4
Total Points: 7220


Stock Moto #3 – Hunter Pickett
San Ramon, California

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The top rookie in the S1 division for 2017 thus far has been Hunter Pickett. The Aluminos driver put in a memorable performance in what is considered to be the best S1 feature race in SKUSA Pro Tour history back in March at NOLA Motorsports Park to claim his first S1 triumph. Pickett tried for a second victory at his home track in Sonoma, coming up short with his second career S1 podium in four races. Pickett could be a podium contender next week, returning to New Castle where he recorded his first S2 victory just over a year ago.

Point Breakdown
[table width=”350″]Race,Rank,Finish,Points
SKUSA SuperNationals 2016 – S2,10,5,1092
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #1 – S1,9.5,10,987
SKUSA WinterNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,1,1084
SKUSA SpringNationals ’17 #2 – S1,9.5,3,1063
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #1 – S1,8.5,2,952
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #3 – S1,8.5,2,955
California ProKart Challenge ’17 #4 – S1,8.5,4,946
Inside the Stats
Average Finish: 3.86
Average Points: 1011.3
Total Points: 7079

EKN Driver Rankings Calculation Process
The EKN Driver Rankings are calculated using a driver’s best finishes in major North American races. Assembled using events from the previous 12 months from the current date, we use a driver’s best seven finishes in TaG and six in Stock Moto to determine their overall current point total. With each new release, results posted from more than one year ago are discarded. To deliver our ranking list, we tabulate the results of all the national programs and selected regional programs. We have included the results for the major one-off events such as the SKUSA SuperNationals, the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals, the Rock Island Grand Prix, and the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix.

Each race is initially weighted based on the prestige and history of the event or series with a score of ten (10) being the highest attainable base ranking. For 2016, the SKUSA Pro Tour and US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals receive a score of 10 in their initial weighting in the TaG category while the SuperNationals is the lone event in the Stock Moto division. A base ranking of nine (9) goes to the United States Pro Kart Series, Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge, Challenge of the Americas, Rock Island Grand Prix and California ProKart Challenge. Other national and regional program races were given a base ranking of either 8.5 or 8.

The EKN staff reserves the right to adjust the rankings of each event throughout the year. A minimum entry total for any events considered for the Driver Rankings program is five (5). If an event does not have at least five (5) drivers starting the race, those results will not be tabulated toward the Driver Rankings.

Added to these initial rankings are two variables that help confirm the true importance of an event to the ranking process – field size and field strength. A percentage of one weighting point is added for the size of the field, while the number of existing top 50 drivers entered offers another full point or fraction of a point. The sum of these numbers becomes the overall ranking for any race. Following a race, drivers receive points based on their finishing positions with 100 points earned for a win. Each subsequent position drops by one point with 99 points given to the second place driver and so on throughout the field. These points are then multiplied by the overall ranking to produce a driver’s final point total from each event. Using a driver’s best seven races in TaG, six for Stock Moto, we calculate each driver’s overall score and subsequent ranking.

EKN Driver Rankings Powered by Bell Racing USA – Stock Honda – as of July 31, 2017
[table]Pos.,Jun. 16,Plus/Minus,Driver,Races,Score
1.,1,NC,Jake French,8,7297
2.,3,1,Billy Musgrave,17,7220
3.,5,2,Hunter Pickett,13,7079
4.,4,NC,Austin Wilkins,8,7010
5.,15,10,Riley Dickinson,10,6826
6.,11,5,Matias Podboj,17,6824
7.,9,2,Hunter Kelly,11,6777
8.,8,NC,Kyle Wick,12,6762
9.,35,26,Ron White,7,6727
10.,12,2,Jason Pettit,11,6702
11.,17,6,Callum Smith,9,6637
12.,10,-2,Kolton Griffin,7,6571
13.,14,1,Rory van der Steur,11,6557
14.,16,2,Collin Daley,9,6542
15.,13,-2,Kol Bailey,9,6510
16.,21,5,Andretta Young,11,6409
17.,23,6,Robert Heck Jr.,15,6295
18.,28,10,Blair Hosie,12,6224
19.,41,22,Ryan Pool,9,6198
20.,26,6,Garrett McKelvie,15,6163
21.,24,3,Gianfranco Casadei,9,6150
22.,27,5,Josh Early,17,6144
23.,19,-4,Josh Lane,7,6041
24.,29,5,Billy Drury,10,6004
25.,34,9,Ayrton Little,9,5959
26.,33,7,Tyler Guilbeault,7,5825
27.,46,19,Royal McKee,8,5809
28.,18,-10,Graig Alvarez,6,5643
29.,6,-23,Skyler Finley,6,5642
30.,2,-28,AJ Myers,5,5263
31.,42,11,Mathias Ramirez,5,5259
32.,25,-7,David Salazar,6,5258
33.,30,-3,Lauren Stark,6,5169
34.,37,3,Carson Mueller,6,4940
35.,36,1,Ryan P. Lewis,6,4928
36.,47,11,Brian Keck,5,4901
37.,59,22,Antonio de Lis,6,4881
38.,38,NC,Paul Makarucha,6,4844
39.,49,10,Chris Matthew,6,4840
40.,56,16,Carlee Taylor,6,4817
41.,39,-2,Bryon Rothenhoefer,6,4740
42.,40,-2,Frank Rapisarda,6,4689
43.,20,-23,Harry Gottsacker,5,4559
44.,68,24,Tyler Bennett,5,4514
45.,31,-14,Darin Marcus,5,4426
46.,43,-3,Nathan Adds,5,4256
47.,32,-15,Alex Yates,5,4226
48.,131,83,Chris Farrell,5,4193
49.,55,6,Kevin Janders,5,4101
50.,96,46,Michael Korody,5,4088
51.,22,-29,Daniel Formal,4,4085
52.,78,26,Dean Heldt,5,4014
53.,61,8,Nic LeDuc,4,3982
54.,62,8,Mark Snyder,5,3979
55.,63,8,Liam Snyder,5,3976
56.,64,8,Gianfranco Mazzaferro,4,3959
57.,7,-50,Sabre Cook,4,3947
58.,169,111,Bonnier Moulton,4,3501
59.,91,32,Aaron Aguirre,4,3489
60.,45,-15,Larry Moulton,4,3429
61.,100,39,Jacob Boubel,4,3415
62.,75,13,Alexis Costa,4,3395
63.,72,9,Tyler Fling,4,3395
64.,73,9,Brian Davies,4,3373
65.,54,-11,Sebastian Bertoia,4,3349
66.,130,64,Vivek Tandon,4,3346
67.,140,73,Matthew Morgan,4,3320
68.,137,69,Prescott Campbell,4,3268
69.,76,7,Jessica Sollberger,4,3245
70.,77,7,Matthew O’Donnell,4,3244
71.,98,27,Cody Hodgson,4,3240
72.,58,-14,Christian Bouhuys,4,3223
73.,50,-23,Patrick Cecilian,4,3205
74.,142,68,Travis Henson,4,3197
75.,106,31,Mike Rivera,4,3185
76.,147,71,Jon Karagounis,4,3181
77.,105,28,Evan Polisky,4,3176
78.,107,29,Anthony Freese,4,3123
79.,67,-12,Keith Buffo,4,3047
80.,83,3,Jake Craig,3,2929
81.,84,3,Carter Williams,3,2856
82.,52,-30,Jordon Musser,3,2692
83.,115,32,KC Cook,3,2686
84.,87,3,Brady Ross,3,2667
85.,88,3,Richard Stock,3,2662
86.,89,3,Jimmy McNeil,3,2655
87.,183,96,Zach Pettinicchi,3,2591
88.,70,-18,Chris Neria,3,2567
89.,94,5,Brad Dunford,3,2525
90.,51,-39,Alex Manglass,3,2506
91.,95,4,Pablo Daniel Cortez,3,2483
92.,97,5,Kyle Knecht,3,2474
93.,99,6,Devon Smith-Harden,3,2441
94.,102,8,Garrett Knutson,3,2439
95.,139,44,Justin Taylor,3,2426
96.,101,5,Mike Schneider,3,2395
97.,103,6,Garrett Kramer,3,2376
98.,104,6,Randall Burnett,3,2371
99.,211,112,Blake Dunkleberger,3,2367
100.,57,-43,Casey Ross,3,2366
101.,108,7,Matt Hamilton,2,2096
102.,110,8,Gary Carlton,2,2027
103.,111,8,Fritz Leesmann,2,2006
104.,60,-44,Joey Wimsett,2,1941
105.,112,7,Bryce Cornet,2,1940
106.,48,-58,Nick Neri,2,1923
107.,113,6,Jeff Kingsley,2,1886
108.,116,8,Harrison Mills,2,1846
109.,66,-43,Jarred Campbell,2,1829
110.,90,-20,Joe Ruch,2,1814
111.,117,6,CJ Cramm,2,1794
112.,164,52,Tase Flores,2,1782
113.,120,7,Peter Abba,2,1765
114.,121,7,Mike Beeny,2,1764
115.,178,63,Christian Bird,2,1747
116.,-,-,Conner Wick,2,1729
117.,123,6,AJ Juergens,2,1724
118.,44,-74,Lawson Nagel,2,1716
119.,-,-,Cole Franchini,2,1711
120.,124,4,Julian Van der Steur,2,1699
121.,125,4,Nathan Mauel,2,1698
122.,186,64,Evan Batt,2,1696
123.,127,4,Brandon Tomko,2,1691
124.,74,-50,Tony Malito,2,1691
125.,71,-54,Taylor Ross,2,1690
126.,133,7,Erin Sims,2,1645
127.,134,7,William Auffenberg,2,1641
128.,-,-,Jeff Westlund,2,1621
129.,69,-60,Robert Bujdoso,2,1620
130.,-,-,Keawn Tandon,2,1616
131.,206,75,Kent Hatada,2,1606
132.,-,-,Jacob DeLavergne,2,1604
133.,-,-,Steve Perdue,2,1597
134.,141,7,John Gaydos,2,1592
135.,143,8,Tyler Campbell,2,1591
136.,144,8,Marcellus Dukes,2,1590
137.,-,-,Trevor Sumner,2,1572
138.,148,10,Billy Smith,2,1564
139.,-,-,Tyler DeGraff,2,1563
140.,-,-,Quintin Bineau,2,1554
141.,82,-59,Travis Waddell,2,1554
142.,79,-63,Lee Waddell,2,1553
143.,207,64,Jacob Pope,2,1537
144.,149,5,Colin Long,2,1534
145.,150,5,Jano Eiler,2,1532
146.,-,-,Jeff Thralls,2,1510
147.,152,5,Marco Hernandez,2,1448
148.,153,5,Anthony Concialdi,2,1431
149.,80,-69,Daniel Bray,1,1130
150.,154,4,Trenton Estep,1,1081
151.,155,4,Christian Schureman,1,1072
152.,65,-87,Garrett Boone,1,1069
153.,156,3,Wesley Boswell,1,1025
154.,157,3,Matt Jaskol,1,1014
155.,81,-74,Kyle Kalish,1,1012
156.,158,2,Fernando Casillas Jr.,1,979
157.,159,2,Ricardo Gonzalez,1,967
158.,160,2,Alec Gumpfer,1,944
159.,161,2,Austin Schimmel,1,944
160.,162,2,Alan Michel,1,932
161.,163,2,Axel Matus,1,932
162.,114,-48,Kyle Kirkwood,1,920
163.,165,2,Joshua de Losier,1,913
164.,166,2,Clinton Schoombee,1,912
165.,85,-80,Ryan Rudolph,1,910
166.,167,1,Luca Tilloca,1,909
167.,168,1,Dakota Fripp,1,904
168.,170,2,Alexander Rossi,1,897
169.,-,-,Cory Milne,1,889
170.,171,1,Emiliano Salazar,1,887
171.,181,10,Nick Brueckner,1,885
172.,172,NC,Zach Schiff,1,882
173.,173,NC,Jason Campbell,1,878
174.,174,NC,Zach Herrin,1,876
175.,185,10,Michael Ilavia,1,875
176.,175,-1,Remo Ruscitti,1,867
177.,119,-58,Colton Aldridge,1,865
178.,176,-2,Kyle Loh,1,853
179.,129,-50,Randy Mitchell,1,851
180.,177,-3,Scott Clark,1,850
181.,93,-88,Cody Elliott,1,842
182.,180,-2,Jimmy Simpson,1,841
183.,182,-1,Nathan Putnam,1,835
184.,-,-,Zac Clark,1,832
185.,184,-1,Nathan Stewart,1,831
186.,135,-51,Eric Van Der Steur,1,826
187.,187,NC,Kalvin Chen,1,822
188.,126,-62,Ben Schermerhorn,1,821
189.,189,NC,Nikita Lastochkin,1,820
190.,190,NC,Christopher Hines,1,818
191.,191,NC,Daniel Justice,1,817
192.,192,NC,Adrian Yong,1,813
193.,-,-,Mateo DeLeon,1,812
194.,193,-1,Sarah Rassmusen,1,809
195.,138,-57,Don McGregor,1,805
196.,194,-2,Robert Alon,1,804
197.,195,-2,Sean Bond,1,804
198.,196,-2,Alejandro Fernandez,1,802
199.,197,-2,Hadrien le Flanchec,1,802
200.,198,-2,Bernard Muminovic,1,800
201.,199,-2,Venkat Reddy,1,797
202.,200,-2,Lance Lane,1,796
203.,53,-150,Vincent Cossard,1,796
204.,202,-2,Zoli Sule,1,795
205.,203,-2,Chandler Campbell,1,794
206.,204,-2,Garrett Ramirez,1,794
207.,205,-2,Michael McCarthy,1,789
208.,208,NC,Luis Pablo Garcia,1,785
209.,209,NC,Tyler Coffman,1,784
210.,210,NC,Angus Hunt,1,778
211.,-,-,Austin Adzima,1,776
212.,212,NC,Travis Nicklas,1,776
213.,213,NC,Rod Clinard,1,771
214.,214,NC,Virgil Gross,1,767
215.,215,NC,Mike Hines,1,766
216.,-,-,David Roberts,1,758
217.,217,NC,David Edwards,1,755
218.,219,1,John Sullivan,1,749
219.,221,2,Genaro Castillo Barba,1,739
220.,222,2,Chris Valez,1,732
221.,-,-,Joey Paonessa,1,731
222.,224,2,Mark Eller,1,731
223.,225,2,Victor Jimenez,1,728
224.,226,2,Hannah Williams,1,717
225.,227,2,Joe di Vito,1,715
226.,228,2,Jason Bane,1,697
227.,229,2,Javier Gonzalez,1,671

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